Lumsdale Valley: Public access to Lumsdale Waterfalls and Ponds has been suspended until further notice. Please do not travel to the site.


A scheduled ancient monument consisting of a cascade of industrial mill ruins.

Coronavirus Update - Lumsdale Valley Status: Public access is not permitted

Due to the recent Covid -19 pandemic and concerns for public safety in the Lumsdale Valley, it is with regret that the Arkwright Society, with support from Matlock Town Council, has to announce that it is unable to allow public access to the Lumsdale Valley ponds and waterfalls until further notice.  The recent relaxation of the lockdown measures has led to unprecedented levels of visitor activity to this beautiful valley. Due to its natural limitations, social distancing is impossible to maintain for visitors and local residents and therefore in the best interests of all, public access to the waterfalls will not be possible until safe to do so. 
We request that visitors do not travel to the site as parking and access will not be available. 

Our local volunteers and supporters have worked hard to try and maintain safe access to the area, but public safety for visitors and residents must be our primary concern at these difficult times. The situation will be reviewed should circumstances change. 



Information about the Lumsdale Valley

The Lumsdale Valley is a site of national archaeological and historic importance. It is owned by the Arkwright Society, an educational charity devoted to the rescue of the industrial heritage buildings & associated landscape. The mills and the associated water management features form one of the best examples in Great Britain of a water-powered industrial archaeological site.  Its uniqueness comes from seeing such an extensive use of water power in such a relatively small area. 

There is no designated parking in the Valley and vehicular access in the Valley is for residents only. Visitors are encouraged to park in Matlock town centre and walk to the Valley. There are also buses that run regularly along the Chesterfield Road (A 632) past the top of the Valley.   

Please take care when walking down through the Valley. The route is steep, muddy and uneven, with steps and some sharp drops to the sides.  Please keep to the paths.

There are no toilet/refreshment facilities or children’s play areas anywhere in the Valley. 

Picnicking, paddling, swimming and climbing in the Valley are not allowed due to the risk of damage to the fragile mill ruins and the natural environment.

Please help us to take care of this very special place by respecting the wildlife, keeping to the paths, not climbing on the ruins - and taking your litter home with you.

Photography in the Valley. The Lumsdale Valley Scheduled Monument and Conservation Area is the private property of the Arkwright Society - please do not undertake any photography for commercial purposes without prior permission from the Arkwright Society.